No Clearance For You

President Trump has told advisers that he is eager to strip more security clearances, White House officials said.  Trump followed through on his rhetoric this week by stripping former CIA director John Brennan of his security clearance and announcing that others are under review. Trump has faced criticism from allies of Brennan.  Retired Navy Adm. William H. McRaven,...

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The Road to Socialism

A new Gallup poll on Monday found that Democrats were more positive about socialism than capitalism.  Attitudes toward socialism among Democrats have not really changed since 2010, with 57% today having a positive view. The major change among Democrats has been a drop in capitalism, falling to 47% from 53% in 2010. Why is the is happening?  Miseducation is one theory. ...

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The only thing President Trump loves more than grabbing women by the is an NDA.  Trump was found of Non-Discloser Agreements when he was running the Trump Organization.  However, having employees of a private company sign NDA and having government employees do it are two entirely different things The big question is, can President...

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Defense Budget Is Making It Rain

President Donald Trump signed a $716 billion dollar defense budget yesterday that contains so much money I'm surprised he wasn't throwing hundos at the audience just for fun.  The bill represented a 16 billion dollar increase in new money flowing to the Pentagon. Lawmakers say the bill starts the Pentagon down the path toward fulfilling the Trump administration’s national security strategy,...

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The Case For Kavanaugh

Senator Thom Tillis tweeted on Friday that Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing has been set for September 4th... ".@senjudiciary announced Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings will begin on Sept 4. Judge Kavanaugh has an impressive background and impeccable qualifications, and I look forward to participating in the most extensive vetting process for any SCOTUS nominee in recent memory." On Sunday, an...

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Racism? Or Nah?

Laura Ingraham set Twitter ablaze Wednesday after a monologue in which she blamed American's decline on demographic shifts... “In some parts of the country it does seem like the America we know and love doesn’t exist anymore,” Ingraham continued. “Massive demographic changes have been foisted upon the American people. And they’re changes that none of us ever voted...

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Populism = Statism

A few weeks ago Jonah Goldberg had some interesting posts at the Corner on the National Revie website asking a basic question, what is the difference between populism and statism?  It is an interesting question and an important one as the GOP transitions from a more traditional conservative party to a populist one.  the recent reaction of many GOP...

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Anti-Growth, Pro-Vote

More good news for the economy as optimism reaches record highs with small-business owners in a new Gallup poll... U.S. small-business owners are more optimistic now than at any point in the 15-year history of the Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index. In the latest quarterly survey, which measures small-business owners' attitudes about a wide variety of factors affecting their businesses,...

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The Tariffs & The Treasury

For weeks, many of President Trump's economic advisors and supporters have been arguing that Trump is using tariffs as a means to an end.  They said his goal was to get rid of all tariffs and non-tariff barriers completely.  Ramesh Ponnuru was not buying it.  He wrote last week that to believe this you have to omit alot...

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Koch Fight

Last weekend Charles Koch, at his own 3-day retreat for donors of the conservative network he co-founded,  took some shots at White House... Billionaire Charles Koch on Sunday warned against protectionism at a biannual meeting of the conservative network he co-founded. “The urge to protect ourselves from change has doomed many countries throughout history,” the 82-year-old industrialist said...

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